Raphael Warnock on Georgia Voter Suppression: “This is Jim Crow in new clothes”

“This is Jim Crow in new clothes,” Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.)
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“This is Jim Crow in new clothes,” Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) said during a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, referring to Georgia’s recent wave of restrictive voting bills.

After condemning the shooting deaths of eight people, including six Asian women, in metropolitan Atlanta last night, Warnock delivered a rousing speech calling on Congress to enact democratic reforms.

American democracy is facing two countervailing movements: a wave of state Republican bills drafted aiming to limit access to the polls, and legislation in Congress that would institute sweeping reforms and quash state-level efforts to roll back voting rights. As my colleague Ari Berman reported last week, Georgia, which elected two Democratic senators in 2020, has become a battleground in the fight over voting rights.

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